Africa has been a consumer and never a producer over the years, when it comes to cars. The level of consumption is almost alarming and no one ever thinks of production. Last year, Africa was estimated to have bought about 2 million new cars. Africans have lost confidence in their local engineers that it is quite unbelievable that they could manufacture any meaningful technological outfit. If you think that you are a big dreamer and ever tries to convince your friends that such thing is possible, there is every likelihood that you will be laughed to scorn, and they will obviously give you a thousand and one reasons why it is far from being possible. As change is inevitable, some African entrepreneurs have refused to be left out in the very lucrative automobile industry, and lo and behold, their dreams came true! Here is the news that Africa-made cars are now on sale in our local car markets. Majority of Africans never heard of these projects, if not now that they are accomplished.
Here are 6 cars produced in Africa by Africans for Africa.
1. The Kantanka (Made in Ghana)
At the moment, some Africans are already owners of this proudly made in Ghana car. They are on sale in variety of colours and models. We have the Kantanka SUV, the Kantanka pickup, etc. In case you want to see for yourself, the Katanka Automobile Company’s manufacturing plant is located in Gomoa Mpota in the central region of Ghana.
The brain behind this invention is no other person but the Ghanaian Apostle Kwadwo Safo, the owner of the Kantanka Group of Companies and the Apostle Safo School of Arts and Sciences. He imagined,designed and created this car right in Ghana. Looking at it, you need not be told that it is of standard. It is in fact the most promising of all the Africa-made cars presented in this article.
The Kantanka vehicles supposedly designed for Ghana’s local conditions are, in fact, indistinguishable from ones that have been on sale in China for years. Kantanka’s CEO has admitted to working with a secret Chinese partner, and one Chinese company has already claimed responsibility for Kantanka’s entire factory operation.
2. Innoson (Made in Nigeria)
Chief Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma is the founder and developer of The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company, Nigeria. They are the first technology company to manufacture cars in Nigeria.
They have been producing luxury, mini buses and trucks.It is really a thing of delight that the Innoson model of cars are already on sale and in use. Unlike the Kantanka which were produced in limited numbers, Innoson has not less than 500 Nigeria-made cars released for sale at the cost of between N 1.5- N3.5 million. Innoson has really made Nigerians, and Africans at large to believe that it is possible.
Millions of Nigerians cannot allow buying a new car because it is too expensive. However, the biggest Nigerian car manufacturer says everyone will be able to purchase a new vehicle for N1.5m (4,500 $)
Jackson, the company’s CEO announced in October Mobius had started accepting pre-orders for the new Mobius II. The simplistic design and absence of key features such as power steering, air conditioning and glass windows in the original Mobius was compensated by the relatively low price of 950,000 Kenya shillings (approximately $9,500).
5. The Turtle (Made in Ghana)
The Turtle is not as polished as the first two but it’s quite an intriguing concept vehicle that found life in the middle of a project and a local community. The car is actually designed and constructed to meet local needs. It combines the looks of a jeep and that of a truck. No argument, it was 100% made in Ghana by Local craftsmen.